As part of his recent mission to Bangladesh, the UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, visited the Obstetric Fistula Centre at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
There, he met patients awaiting for a fistula surgery to repair internal injuries sustained during prolonged, obstructed labor.
He also learned more about the services provided by the center and talked about the UNFPA response to fistula.
During his visit to the country, Dr. Osotimehin also travelled to Manikanj District, 70 kilometres west of Dhaka, accompanied by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. A. F. M. Ruhal Haque. There Dr. Osotimehin spoke with health workers and patients at several facilities that provide safe deliveries, family planning and other reproductive health services.
William A. Ryan reported from Bangladesh. Photos:Anwar Majumder.